Monday, July 23, 2012

Sewing, Finally!

Even though I'm retired, and I work only a few hours per week at my semi-retirement job, my days fill up, and it is so hard to find time for the things I want to do! I used to only half-believe it when retired people told me this in times past, but it's true! Life is just as busy as ever; it's just that it's filled with other things that I couldn't do while I was working full time.

Anyway, I did manage to do a little bit of sewing. Some of it is a surprise that I can't show you yet. But here is some of it:

These blocks (above) were made along with Victoria at Bumble Beans Inc. She was running a color challenge, giving us a new color to work with each week. We created "made fabric" and turned it into blocks. My "made fabric" is in the centers of the blocks. She ran the challenge for 16 weeks, and I actually kept up, which is unusual for me. I even made some extras, so I had 20 blocks to play with. I'm going to put them together like in this picture, and I have pieced borders in mind to finish it off. It'll take a while for me to get to that next step, so don't expect a finished quilt photo for quite some time.

I also made these (above) blocks for the Block Lotto at Sunshine. Our gal, Tammy, will turn them into awesome quilts for kids.

Then, as I showed you several months ago, I made a quilt for a challenge called Earth From Above. The quilts for that challenge were terrific (except for my mediocre one)! It was a wonderful challenge and so fun to see the results! People are amazingly creative. When I was at Aunt Annie's shop, the place that sponsored the Earth From Above challenge, I snapped this picture of the shop owner, Lucy.

Then I went home and made this quilt and called it "Lucy From Straight On." (A play on words .. Earth From Above? Lucy From Straight On? ... that's how my mind works.)

Last week I gave Lucy the quilt, and she thought it was quite fun. At least she appeared to like it.

So that's what I have been up to! Among many other things. How about you? Does the busy-ness in your life ever slow down??


Cathy said...

You have been busy! My life only slows in the summer!

Anonymous said...

What a nice thing to do for Lucy! I luv it!

Nanci said...

Oh my you are so artistic! I love the block and it is like her too! Wonderful! You had me exhausted from the beginning.

BrendaLou said...

I would love to meet Lucy! Love your quilt of her.

Geri said...

For someone who feels she doesn't have enough time to do the things she wants to you certainly accomplish a great deal. Phew! I love the "made material" quilt.